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Fair tonight and Tues
day; not much chango in
Gov. Ammons Returns,
States Plan of With
drawal of Soldiers
from Strike
Denver, Dec. 2 B.—" Withdrawal of
federal troops will begin immediate
ly, ’ declared Uov. E. M. Ammons
yesterday afternoon, after his re
turn from Washington, where he con
ferred with "resident Wilson and
Secretary of v. ar Garrison in regard
to the withdrawal of the troop* and
where he appeared before house and
senate committees relative to con
servation questions now pending in
lie Wits accompanied on the trip by
(Tovernor-elect George A. Carlson,
who also returned yesterday morn
"The federal troops. there are
some 2,200 of them, will be with
drawn gradually and the civil au
thorities in each district he given
opportunity to reguin and maintain
control oT the situation,' said the
governor. "No definite dates have
been fixed for the withdrawals from
each district, but I anticipate tlieir
removal beginning at once, ns it was
necessary for me to request that no,
Ml ion be taken before I arrive in j
"The first troops will be with
drawn from the Routt county coal |
district. We anticipate no trouble
there and believe that the civil au
thorities can take control immediate
ly. Then they will be withdrawn
from the northern Held. The next !
movement will he from Fremont
county and lastly from the real south
ern district."
Adjutant General John Chase was
it conference with the governor yes
terday aftarnocn, reporting the con-|
ditlon of the national guard and its:
readiness to cope with any situation |
which might arise following the
withdrawal of the federal troops front
any or all the districts of the stnte.
Me reported that the guard has
j.SOO members, is completely offi
cered and equipped and is stationed
at vantage points which would make
its response to a hurried call a matte.*
of minutes instead of hours. The s'g
l.al corps at Trinidad is completed
and the wl-elesn stations in the i
sou thorn Held will be equipped and
ready for service early this week, ns
A wireless elation at the local arm- |
(Continued on pn*e 4.»
New Yolk, Dec. 28.-—The Red Star
liner Finland returned today from
Mediterranean points bringing in
four nagy officers of the United
States cruiser North Carolina, which
lias been in eastern Mediterranean
waters since the outbreak of the war.
The> are Lieutenant Commander
Henry C. Mustin. Lieutenants Rich
mond C. Hauflcy and Patrick N. L.
Dellinger and Ensign W'adlelgh
Although the four officers were
reticent about discussing conditions
in Turkey it was learned before they
left the Finland that for several days
after the declaration of Avar by Tur
key a panic existed among American
Missionaries of the Heirut district,
and that as a matter of precaution
t i,i> officers of the North Carolina had
mapped out the principal streets
around the American missions and
consulate and were in readiness on
signal to land marines should the oc
casion demand.
The Grim Reaper at Work
The Grim Reaper with his sic'rie keen is cutting through the fields where walk the Las Animas county
pioneers. J. M. John, a builder, distinguished in his profession, a man among men. succumbed on Saturday.
Almost at the same hour of the day Edgar M. Strait, a resident of this city since 1889. passed peacefully
out of life.
The ranks of the early settlers are thinning out. The men who followed the old trails or who settled
here where nothing was are passing o 1 over the trail that all must take—)verthe hills and far away. The
dawn of the golden‘west they greet vl decades ago has dwindled for them into the sunset and they have
followed the winding road and passed into the mysterious Realm of Death.
Eu' the memory of these oH pioneers survive in the minds of the living. For them the honor
• nd tribute of rfiends who mourn. Trinidad is better because they lived and worked. The earth is richer
because of their labors. The parting brings a tear and a pang of sorrow, but tlieir deeds are monuments.
Only Afternoon Full Leased Wire Associated Press Paper in Southern Colorado
/ Y., Dec. 28.—One man
was insu'*'d and another ser
iously Canadian troops
j patroling the t ..'/ndfan border at
Fort Frie, Ont.. opposite this city to
day. The men were hunting ducks
out of season in the Niagara river
and it: Canadian waters. Provincial
Police Officer Thomas Delaney of
Fort Erie ordered the men to stop
shooting. They declined and De
laney called upon u corpora I and two
privates of the forty-fourth hattal-
I j ion of the Canadian militia for as
' sistance.
The corporal ordered the men to
come ashore. Instead they headed
their boat for the American shore
and were heating a hasty retreat
when the order of Delaney to the
soldiers they fired upon them. Wal
ler Smith was shot thru the head and
killed, and Charles Dorsch was ser
iously wounded in the shoulder.
Both resided in Buffalo.
When the hunters toppled over in
their boat the soldiers put out in a
bout and towed the hunters' craft to
, shore.
Secretary of State Bryan was no
tified of the shooting by Vice Consul
J. B. Curtis of Fort Erie.
“Whether or not complications
will result is a debatable question,
said Mr. Curtis. "While two Ameri
cans were shot the information avail
able indicates that they were shoot
ing ducks without a Canadian license
and were in Canadian waters, where
they hud no right to be under the
circumstances. No arrests have been
made as a result of the shooting."
The coroner's inquest will he held
late today.
Chicago. Dec. 28.—Amateurism
must he defined in positive instead
of negative terms, and amateurism
must be thoroughly understood by
: 1 lie athletes and the public as well,
if amateur athletics is to thrive,”
| declared Wilbur P. Bowen of the
‘Michigan State Normal college today
in his address to the Athletic Re
search society.
The meeting which proceeded the
convention of the national colleges
athletic which opens tomorrow was
largely /levoted to the subject of
"In some quarters," said President
Bowen, "amateurism is looked uppn
as petty insistence on details to the
•extent of injurying sport."
Discussing the college practice of
I scouting or recruiting athletics, Mr.
i Bowen said that in the east athletics
are recruited often without the
knowledge of the school authorities.
"In the west, ' he said, "the prac
tice is sometimes open or with tacit
Washington. Dec. 28. —President
Wilson expects to send to the senate
this week nominations of the five
I members o*‘ tne federal trade eommis- ,
It was said at the White House to
day that while he was not finally
chosen the commission he has nar
rowed his list of eligibles down from
i 200 to a few men.
Among the men Whom the presi
dent is understood to be now consid
ering are Governor West of Oregon,
Joseph E. Davies, commissioner of
I corporations; Albert D. Norton!; a
St. Louis lawyer, and former pro
! gressive candidate for governor of
Missouri Henry .1. Waters; Henry J.
Waters, president of the Kansas State
Agricultural college: George F. Pea
body. a New York banker and busi
ness man: Edward N. Hurley of Chi*-
capo, president of the Illinois Mami
‘facturers association and an expert on
foreign trade particularly in South
America: former Attorney General
Thomas S. Felder of Georgia, former
iGovernor Ansel of South Carolina and
Governor Hodges of Kansas.
Atchison, Kan., Dec. 28.—John De
laney, 81, indian fighter and scout
from 1849 to 1854. and for many
years in the government service as
an overland freighter, died at his
home near here today.
Trinidad lias lost one of her most loved and respected citizens in
5 the death of James Madison John. Mr. John was born in Virginia Octo
ber 27. 1850. He studied in the schools of Virginia and in the law de
. partment of the Chicago university.He located at Trinidad in 1876 and
> entered upon the practice of law. He was a member of the first senate
• elected after the admission of Colorado, representing the senatorial dis
i trict composed of Las Animas and Bent counties and serving a. full term
f of four years. In this body of state senators were strong men, such as
• Joseph C. Helm, one of the ablest of Colorado's jurists ana at one time
chief justice oi the supreme court; Edward 0. Wolcott, a gifted United
' States senator from Colorado, his distinguished brother, Henry Wolcott,
and others who have since attained high stations in pu' lie and private
James M. John, our modest and unassuming fellow citizen, was the
peer in intellect, attainments and character of anyone who sat in that
I body of able and gifted men. If James M. John had possessed even ordi
nary physical health and had given a part of his time to public affairs
as he probably would have done he would today so surely as these lines
are penned have been one of the Democratic United States senators from
Colorado, and further he would have been no ordinary member of that
body. To one who knew his superb equipment there wa* something pa
thetic in his forced retirement through ill health from public life. No
doubt it was wisely so ordered—certain it is no complaint was ever
heard from him. Twice the citizens of the important ctfy of Trinidad
called him to the honorable station of mayor. Wise common sense, faith
fulness to his trust and high efficiency marked his administrations.
James M. John was a natural lawyer of rare endowments and these
were enriched by thorough study and clear comprehension of the prin
ciples of the law. He intuitively grasped the decisive points in a case
and could present them with tact and force to court and jury. Anyone
who ever met him in the trial of a cause or viewed the contest from the
bench could but admire his skill and remarkable resourcefulness. He
commanded a large, lucrative and growing practice but in the very prime
of life ill health drove hint from this forum out-into the open life. When
this necessity came there was no repining, no complaining of fate, he
accepted the situation and with enthusiasm and determination entered
into the field of the reclamation and cultivation of lands and the grow
ing of livestock. Every irrigating ditch taken out of the Pnrgatoire river
east of Trinidad and west of Hoelme on the northerly side of the river
was either his conception and through his initiation or was developed
into practicability by him. He daringly and with wise forthought in
vested his monev in lands and in irrigation development when other hesi
tated. He made monev for himself and better still made money and
Hornes for others. Hundreds of productive acres in the vicinity of
Hoehnc. now the valuable property of himself and others, are part of the
work of this useful life.
Space does not permit here going into all the workings of this busy,
resourceful man. He gave fcenerouslv of his time, counsel and financial
aid to the Presbyterian church, of which he was a worthy and respected
member. Any wise public enterprise commanded his counsel and finan
cial aid. His domestic life was most happy and above reproach. In 1879
he took as his wife Miss Charlotte Me&trezatt. a daughter of one of the
old families of Pennsylvania and a sister of Judge .one of the
’ustices of the supreme court of that state who now survive. Two chil
dren were born of this u«ion. Miss Mary and Mr. William M. John, who
have reached womanhood and manhood. The son has been prepared and
now takes un his father's work. Profound is the sorrow in. the heart of
♦he wife, daughter end son at the going of the father for whom they so
tenderly cared and whom they so devotedly loved.
This is indeed an instructive and inspiring life. For more than 40
years there has been a desperate struggle with extreme ill health, yet its
work has vigorously gone on. Without repining it had adapted itself to
conditions as it found them, made the best of them and flowered out into
a career well balanced and of rare usefulness. This simple, unassuming
life has measured its span and left with us its lesson. Trinidad is in
deep sorrow over the loss of certainly one of its foremost citizens. Many
a man now in middle life gTieves that one is gone who gave generous aid
to his youth and many a home which lie has helped to build is saddened
at the loss of its best friend.
Robb Spent
Union Money
for Firearms
Canon City. Colo., Doc. 28.—-David
Robb a national organised of the i
I'nltec Mlno Workers of America,
spent between S2OO an 1 S4C 0 of un
ion funds for arms durtirr the week
preceding tlieir attack by strikers
upon the Chandler mine, according
to Robb's testimony today in the
irial of seven ex-strikers charged
with the murder of Wm. King in tin*
Chandler battle oi April 2(1, 1911.
Robb, one of the defendants, was
‘called to the stand for cross-examin
ation when the trial was resumed ul
cer the Christmas recess. He said the
money expended for arms hud been
raised by the six local unions of min
ers in Fremont county. The witness
said tlie guns were secured for pur
poses of defense. He denied that he
bad incited the strikers to organize
for the attack upon Chandler.
Chicago. Dec. 28.—-The date of the
heavy-weight championship boxing
contest between Jack Johnson and
Jesse Willard has been set for March
17. in Juarez. Mexico, it was an
nounced today by Willard’s business
That Cecilio Gurtile came to bis
1 death ui Berwind on the night of
December 24 as a result of a gun
shot wound inflicted bv a pistol in
the* hands of one Steve Johnson, and
that the shooting was felonous, was
the verdict of a coroner's jury that
this morning heard evidence of tin*
affair. Johnson, a youth of 18, Is
being held for murder In the county
The Rearing this morning was
taken up with the testimony of seven
witnesses, among them Marshal Rey
nolds, Walter' Scott, Eric Wallace,
Ben Martinez and Dan Trujillo.
There was evidence offered that Tru
jillo and Gurtile and one Archuleta
who worked at Tollerburg had gone
to Berwind and had tried to start a
row with Johnson in a pool hall out
side of which the killing took place.
Outside Johnson, it was said, was
further molested and shot. Johnson
claims self defense. Gurtile was shot
through the left side.
Georgetown, Colo.. Dee. 28.—Miss
Sarah O’Connell, a school teacher,
was killed early today when a rock
slide demolished the O'Connell home
and four other buildings.
Miss O'Connell was asleep in bod
with her mother at the time. The
latter escaped uninjured. The de
ceased was the daughter of Barney
O’Connell, former state senator.
Washington, Dee. 28.—The cruis
er Tennessee, with the permission of
the Turkish government ur.d at the
request of American Ambassador
Morgen t ban, is transporting 500
refugees of various nationalities from
Jaffa, Syria, to Alexandria, Egypt.
Old G. F. & I. Co.
Employee Retires
on a Pension
Ihieblo, Colo., Dec. 28.—The first
employe of the Colorado Fuel Ac Iron
company to be pensioned Is Frederick
Dprrough, Cl, who yesterday retired
on a monthly salary of $125. Dar
rough has been In the employ of tlie
company continuously for thirty
three years. During that time he
bus never had a vacation or a leave
of absence. He rose from a timekeep
er to assistant chief auditor of the
Pueblo plant, at a salary of $250 per
month. Some time ago he notified
the Denver officials of the company
that he would like to resign on his
sixty-first birthday. Saturday ho re
ceived notice that his resignation
had been accepted, but that tiic com
pany bad guaranteed payment of half
ills salary for the remainder of his
I tar rough was tendered a recep
tion Saturday night by the depart- 1
ment heads of the Minnequn plant,
and was presented with a silver set
by them.
Washington, Dec. 28.—General
Villa's forces have suspended tlieir
uttaeks on Ebano, near Tampico, and
have eoncentrated tlieir attacks on
Tuxpain, where fighting is in pro
gress today, according to advices to
the state department.
The Carranza agency here today
published the following telegram re
ceived from Carranza representatives
at Galveston;
"Semi-official reports Ijere. altho
not confirmed, say that due to luck
of coinmunicut ion the Villa force*
are evacuating Mexico Citv. It Is be
lieved they arc doing this on ucoe.nt
of the crying need of forces in the
north, to save lines of communication
and to preveut Torreon, Chihuahua
and Juarez from being captured. Vll
lu would prefer to engage in battle
outside of the capital with Carranza's
army of 100, one men lying between
here and Mexico City.
Eulalio Gutierrez, through a com
mission, has authorized Antonio Vil
lareal as president of the now ex
tinct Agnus Calientes convention to
accept his resignation as as pro vis
ional president and to notify Car
ranza tlint Ills services will be at the
orders of the first chief.
"The whereabouts of Gutirrez is
now not definitely known but it is
believed lie Is making bis way toward
San Luis Potosi. This action on the
part of Gutierrez, which is being fol
lowed by many of bis subordinates, is
thought to account in part also for
Villa's hurried concentration in the
"it was officially reported to the
war department that half of the Tor
reon garrison, which is enveloped by
layol forces, has revolted against Vil
la and is fig|iting the other half in
the name of Carranza."
Reports issued early today by the
Carranza agency here, saying that
General Gutierrez had resigned and
left Mexico City, were contradicted
by dispatches to the state department
from the Brazilian minister in Mexi
co City, who yesterday ha I a confer
ence with Gutierrez.
The general situation as reflected
in official dispatches was viewed as
not altogether encouraging Friction
Is regarded us apparent between the
Zapata element and the Gutierrez-
Villa faction. Thus far, however, it
has not resulted in any serious break.
The chief trouble seems to have
arisen over the question of execution
and punishment of former federals.
Gutierrez and Villa have been In fa-*
vor of suspending the executions and
giving some federals an opoortunity
to join tlieir cause. Zapata, nbw at
Cuernavaca, is represented as opposed
to that as is General Palafox, minis
ter ot the interior in the Gutierrez
| cabinet and chief spokesman for Za
A compromise is being suggested
whereby former federals will be giv
en fair trials. They also would be
prohibited from joining the Qutier
rcz-Vllla army. The American gov
ernment has found that both Gutier
rez and Villa look with favor on its
suggestion for a general amnesty for
political offenders, but that the Za
pata element seems Irreconclllablly
opposed to it.
Tlie situation is expected to devel
op further at the national convention
railed for January 1 in Mexico City,
when a new’ provisiona 1 president
will be chosen.
Only meagre advices are in the
possession of the state department as
to the military activity of the Car
ranza forces, but latest dispatches
say that Zapata forces have advanced
to Coleda, near Vera Cruz, and in co-
(Con tinned on page 4.)
Funeral of Pioneer Resi
dent Took Place
This Afternoon
A .‘{o years’ patient struggle with \
ill health ended for l lie pioneer resi
dent and lawyer James M. John lust
Saturday afternoon when he expired
peacefully at his home on Nevada
avenue surrounded by his fam
ily whose admirable devotion to
him records a beautiful as well as
pathetic chapter in the life of the
distinguished citizen. J. *M. John,
one of Hie foremost figures in the
public life of Colorado, one of the
most prominent builders of Las Anl- 1
mas county, answered the summons I
and his passing is reckoned ps a dis
tinct loss to this community.
J. M. John, former mayor of Trini
dad, member of one of the first Colo
rado legislatures, for years eminent |
before the bar of this county, passed
into the long sleep leaving behind
a name to be cherished and revered
by all people and a record of achieve
ments as a public man and private
citizen tlint will be a priceless herit
age to the surviving members of his;
family. J. M. John died as lie bad
lived professing and practicing the
splendid principles of Christianity
and human kindness, the same pa
tient smile upon his lips with which
lie had greeted his friends in the de- (
cades that have elapsed since he first
settled in this city.
Perhaps no man In Trinidad en
joyed the association of a wider cir
cle of friends or was more generally
loved and esteemed than the de- I,
ceased. No inun certainly ever pos
sessed more brilliant attainments or
who showed grouter promise in the |
profession and public life, and onlt
ill health caused him to forego the i
honors which should have been his. ]
But always he manifested u lively j]
Interest in public affairs, always he ]
was identified with movements of 1
civic betterment and always he was
(ConllnurH uw pwge 4.1
People Endorse Plan to Vote Their Choice for
Mayor. Recopize Need of Strong Business
Administration and a Non-Partisan Selection.
A much greater amount of interest than was at lir-' unti’iputcd
lias been nianlfestmi in the suggestion put forth a lew days ago *iv the
Chronicle-News, that mis paper conduct sometime soon a popularity < .la
test to sound public sentiment in regard to a select ion ot possible candi
dates for mayor and other «sty offices. A number of encouraging indorse
ments of this suggestion have been voiced by local citizens who look upon
tlie* pian as being woithy of consideration.
One feature of the suggestion which apparently appeals to those who
have commented approvingly cn the general plan, is that of inspiring a
closer spirit of co-operation and harinonv for I lie spring campaign. The
citizens, it would seem, are exchanging ideas one with another, which
in itself is indicative of a desire to get together »nd work out in unity
the welfare .problems which are presented.
Trinidad needs a strong, able man lor mayor. Trinidad needs a man
who will conduct affairs along broad, comprehensive lines in harmony
with business principles. It not a question t>r party or politics. There
is every reason to believe that the people of Trinidad are going to exer
cise good judgment in selecting the next mayor, and the suggestion put
forth by the (\-N\ and which is generally approved locally seems to offer
a step toward this end.
The plan is to offer in each Issue of the Clironiclo-TVews beginning
aboul February i and running JO days, a coupon. This coupon will show
a blank line or two on which citizens and voters may state the name or
some man they favor lor mayor. These coupo"3 will be counted every
evening and the resuit of the votes east up to f* o’clock the previa is even
ing will be published daily. It would no fair to suggest that the man re
ceiving the large majority of I lie votes would he an acceptable candi
....Colorado by the inauguration of (Governor Ceorgo Carlson is going
to have two years of belter government.. Colorado may well look, for
ward to two years of unprecedented prosperity and industrial peace. It.
is going to lie unquestionably two years of harmony among all interests.
Having'passed through 15 months of discord and strife and weeks and
months of the bitterest partisan campaign, Trinidad has nothing to gain
by becoming invoked in another such campaign this spring.
So far a gratifying response has been received from the public in
regard to the popularity rontc-t suggestion and the Chronicle-News an
nounces that it will spare no effort or space to carry out this idea if the
citizens continue to manifest the present enthusiasm. The columns of
the paper will lie open for expression of any citizen wishing to put forth
his ideas. It will gladly receive any suggestion appropriate to the sub
ject in mind. In short ‘lie Chronicle-News wants the people of Trinidad
to name men this spring who will give the city the best possible admin
istration and materially advance the best interests of this growing city
01 the big state of Colorado.
Buy at home. Help the
local merchant who helps
the town to grow. First
read the C.-N. ad columns.
Allies Report Progress in
West and Germans
Yield Trenches
The Russian forces which have
been attacking- the Galician fortless
of Cracow have been driven back 60
miles and Cracow is now free front
immediate menace. It is asserted in
Petrograd that the Russians have im
proved their strategic position by
, tailing back. The capture of Cracow,
however, long has been sought by
Russia. Being regarded as an im
portant step on the way to an inva
sion of Germany across the Silesian
Elsewhere in the east few changes
have occurred, the Germans having
relaxed for the present their assaults
on the Russian line west of Warsaw.
The French war office says today
that further progress has been made
by the allies, particularly in the
Meuse region. The admission is
made, however, that a trench south
of Ypres was lost to the Germans.
The Berlin communication states
that Nieuport has been again under
bombardment by British warships
and that a few civ j” - wen killefl
or wounded. ~*
It ic asserted that attacks by the
allies have been unsuccessful.
The American cruiser Tennessee is
transporting 500 refugees of various
nationalities, from Jaffa. Syria, to
iEgypt. Captain Decker of the Ten
nessee reported to Washington that
permission to remove the refugees
had been grunted by the Turkish au-
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